The latest WateRevolution event was held by VSY shipyard on 26th October in San Terenzo, Lerici in the splendid Villa Marigola. It celebrated the opening of a workshop by the Italian industry, that looks at sustainability as an opportunity for re-launching.
It also coincided with the first anniversary of the international recognition of WateRevolution as a Blue Solution* – that is – an example of good practice for marine conservation promoted by the German Ministry for the Environment in international partnership with UNEP, IUCN and GIZ
By means of computational sustainability – set up through collaboration with Bologna University, Eulabor Institute of research and VSY shipyard – a fundamental objective was reached based on the model of WateRevolution.
The latter enables a considerable improvement in the ecological footprint of the industry and at the same time a reinvestment of resources in relevant scientific programmes on environmental responsibility, care for the sea and water resources and, especially, conservation. A concrete, structured reply on the question of the environmental sustainability of development represents today “one of the main themes to address in a prospective economic revival.” (Italian Confindustria, April 2015)
The event on 26th October marked an important step of an industry with eyes on the future and on WateRevolution, whose agenda is today shared with the entire Italian yachting industry – centred in La Spezia, a focal point of strategic maritime activities while at the same time being a natural marine/terrestrial system – quite unique of its kind.
The optimization of procedures and the restitution of resources to the environment form the key to understanding this model which is able to align environmental, social and economic parameters in favour of real sustainable development for the territory.
Speakers at the debate were: Vienna Eleuteri (President Eulabor Institute and Sustainability Manager VSY), Laura Ruocco (Assessore allo Sviluppo Economico e alla Sostenibilità Ambientale of La Spezia Council), Lorenzo Pollicardo (General Secretary Nautica Italiana), Dino Nascetti (retiring President of the Fondazione di Partecipazione Promostudi La Spezia – Polo Universitario G. Marconi), Mariasole Bianco (President Worldrise and Co-Vice Chair of IUCN WCPA – Marine Young Professionals Task Force) and Ief Winckelmans (Founder and Director of Ocean Impact Alliance).
Many representatives of the local authorities and institutions attended, confirming a growing interest in these matters, as well as Theo Hooning, General Secretary of SYBAss (Superyacht Builders Association), and Pietro Angelini from Navigo Toscana representing the county’s main shipyards.
“Waterevolution” has been recognized as an example of good practice for marine and coastal conservation by Blue Solutions, an initiative for promoting solutions for a healthy ocean, (supported with funding by the government of Germany).
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Extreme avant-garde technology, maniacal attention to detail, timeless design, Italian style, total fulfillment of the customer’s wishes, real environmental protection, high respect for the workforce health and safety: this is the essence of VSY’s philosophy on all fronts.
Since 2004 the shipyard based in Italy’s focal yacht building area, Viareggio, has been engaged in building mega-yachts of over 60 metres and is by now widely recognized as builders of the highest caliber at an international level.
VSY combine master craftsmanship and cutting-edge know-how with the Italian flair that characterize the area in which they operate.
Winner of prestigious international awards for their yachts such as Sealyon (ex Candyscape II), RoMa and Stella Maris, VSY have also obtained several prizes for their commitment in tracing new routes for the sector. At VSY the best expression of luxury and comfort is in fact achieved in the respect of the marine environment on all fronts, obtaining strict and prestigious Certifications.
The ongoing search for excellence, comfort and best performance goes hand-in-hand with the desire to create luxury craft that are able to face all of today’s challenge, while respecting the environment. Accordingly, VSY are in line with LRS, ABS and RINA environmental requirements. They have also obtained the highest Green Star certification for the re-emission of clean air and water into the environment, the Maltese Cross for the hull and engine room, Charter Class for guaranteed stability in the event of flooded compartments, and Comfort Class for low noise and vibration.
Embracing innovation, selecting its workforce carefully and training it continually, VSY go above and beyond what is required to a superyacht manufacturer, to deliver the edge in quality that goes hand-in-hand with the “Made in Italy” label.
With a number of new build projects in the pipeline (from 64 to 88 m and over), VSY carry an outstanding example of construction perfectionism, producing few but exclusive superyachts, totally custom-built, innovative and technologically superlative. Simply unique yachts which fully embrace the shipyard’s green vision through a “New Perspective” and even beyond.
VSY is well known for the construction of prestigious superyachts, such as the 62 m Sealyon (ex Candyscape II) and RoMa, besides the latest 72m Stella Maris.
During the Monaco Yacht Show 2016, VSY announced – along with the recently renamed brokerage firm Thompson, Westwood & White Yachts (TWW) – the sale of their new-built 64 meters project, still designed by Espen Oeino. The yacht is currently under construction in the shipyard in Viareggio with a delivery scheduled in less than 24 months, i.e. September 2018.
Furthermore, at the latest Yacht Show in Monaco, the shipyard presented its family line and in particular the brand new project of 83 meters, with whom VSY interpret their vision of the world of the Explorer yachts.
VSY are respected as an ethical construction specialist with a vision of sustainability for the wider practice of yacht building. Using recyclable materials in build, VSY integrate new innovations in water treatment and emission reduction, green anchoring systems and effective ways of producing performance for minimum energy to push this green initiative forward.
Stella Maris in particular has become “the Godmother of the Environment” and a representative of the global fleet’s advancements in regards to eco-friendly technology and construction methods. Not only is this company pushing the evolution of ecologically sound construction of larger yachts, but promoting relationships with international committees to create further environmental stability in other areas of the nautical world.
- the Declaration of Sustainability founded the VSY green corporate governance and it was the first formal act sustainability oriented in the yacht building sector.
- – VSY was the first shipyard in Europe to sign the Wood Forever Pact, the Prince Albert II Foundation programme to promote the use of timber from sustainably managed forests for yacht building.
- – VSY signed a Green Partnership Agreement with the UIM – the worldwide governing body for Powerboating fully recognized by the International Olympic Committee – to work together on environmental sustainability in yachting.
- Stella Maris has achieved wide recognition across the industry with multiple awards and acclaim from environmental bodies due to her ecological status.
- Before they broke the mold with Stella Maris, VSY built a fleet of impressive superyachts which all perfectly capture the iconic classical style of large yachts, like Sealyon (ex Candyscape II) and RoMa.
Declaration of Sustainability
“Our corporate governance finds its expression in business ethics based on integrating economic choices with the social and natural environment” (Cristiana Longarini, VSY Managing Director)
Winner Yacht Capital Marina Yachting Award 2012 for the shipyard
Winner UIM Special Mention for Environmental Benefit for the shipyard
Stella Maris finalist in the World Superyacht Awards and the Show Boat Design Awards
Winner Environmental Protection Award Showboats Design Awards
Winner RINA Green Plus (Y) Platinum for Stella Maris
Winner Best Power 65m+ and Interior Design ISS Awards for Stella Maris
Winner UIM Special Mention for Innovation
Winner Power Yachts over 40 m of the International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2015 for Stella Maris
Winner of the FIA Finest Interior Award for Stella Maris
VSY Sustainability Manager, Vienna Eleuteri, is candidate for the ISS Fabien Cousteau Blue Award 2015 in Fort Lauderdale